Richmond holds on to beat Delaware 16-15

Darryl Hamilton

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Richmond's Kevin Grayson blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt with 38.1 seconds remaining and the Spiders held on to edge Delaware 16-15 on Saturday.

Delaware (1-1, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) picked up a first down at the Richmond 9-yard line on Pat Devlin's 33-yard pass to Mark Mackey. After three running plays moved the ball to the 6, Grayson blocked Jon Striefsky's 23-yard field goal attempt.

Andrew Howard's 23-yard field goal with 5:54 remaining gave the Spiders (2-0, 1-0) a 16-15 advantage. The field goal came four plays after an interception and 33-yard return by Darryl Hamilton gave Richmond the ball at Delaware's 10.

Eric Ward was 22-for-33 for 247 yards and a touchdown to pace defending Football Championship Subdivision national champion Richmond, which has won 11 games in a row. He also ran for 46 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

The Spiders closed within 15-13 on Ward's touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 12:27 left in the game. But Ward threw incomplete on Richmond's ensuing 2-point conversion attempt.

The Blue Hens stretched their lead to 15-7 on Devlin's 7-yard touchdown run with 10:38 left in the third quarter. The touchdown came three plays after Richmond fumbled a punt at its 19.

Devlin was 15 of 31 for 167 yards with an interception and Mackey had six receptions for 81 yards. Charles Graves added two interceptions for Delaware.

The Blue Hens built an 8-0 lead in the second quarter on a safety and a pair of Striefsky field goals. But Richmond closed within 8-7 at halftime when Ward hit Tre Gray with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 23.2 seconds left in the second quarter.

The touchdown capped off a 12-play, 63-yard scoring drive for the Spiders.

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